ISIS Leader's Death By Suicide Bomb as U.S. Special Forces Closed In

The three-story residential building where Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurashi died as a result of a suicide bomb (Anas Alkharboutli/Getty Images)

The U.S. Special Forces hoped to capture or kill Abu Ibrahim al-Hashemi al-Qurayshi, the Islamic State’s leader, on the third floor of a residential building in Atmeh, Syria. After a two-year manhunt, a U.S. spy drone spotted a man, who was missing his right leg, bathing on top of a three-story building in northern Syria. The man was identified as Mr. al-Qurayshi, who lost his leg during an American airstrike in 2015. However, before U.S. forces could reach him, a bomb was detonated that created an unexpectedly large blast. The explosion killed everyone on the third floor and ejected multiple people from the building, including Mr. al-Quaryshi. Then, one of Mr. al-Quaryshi’s lieutenants and his wife fired on the American forces as U.S. troops advanced to the second floor. On the second floor, one child was dead but 4 other children were rescued safely. There were at least 13 killed, most of them women and children.

Despite President Biden’s statement that Mr. al-Qurayshi was the one who detonated the bomb, military officials state that they had no proof that it was Mr. al-Qurayshi. However, due to the position of Mr. al-Qurayshi and the U.S. not detonating any explosives, they assume that Mr. al-Qurayshi was responsible.

Mr. al-Quaryshi became the ISIS leader in October 2019 and “oversaw the spread of ISIS-affiliated terrorist groups around the world after savaging communities and murdering innocents”, according to President Biden. On Thursday, President Biden declared that, “his horrible terrorist leader is no more” and that the death of Mr. al-Qurayshi sent a strong

message to terrorists across the globe.

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